Wagner Mulls TV Return
Former Hart to Hart star Robert Wagner says he's pondering a
return to series TV some day, possibly in a remake of the late '60's action
drama It Takes a Thief.
"I'd like very much doing another series," the veteran actor tells the TV
Guide Channel. "I like working in television very much because it's an ensemble
cast, usually, and that's very nice."
The actor's plenty busy with movie roles these days (Austin Powers: The
Spy Who Shagged Me, Wild Things) but he says he'd return to the small
screen in a heartbeat in order to take part in a Thief revival. Wagner,
who played suave cat burglar Alexander Mundy in the original series, says this
time he'd like to come back in the patriarchal role originally played by late
co-star Fred Astaire.
Ironically, Wagner says he didn't want to star in Thief when it was
first offered to him back in 1968. At the time, the former child star was
reluctant to give up his career in movies for TV. But then-Universal honcho
Lew Wasserman talked him into doing the series, which quickly became a
To this day, Wagner has vivid memories of that fateful meeting in Wasserman's
office: "There was nothing on top of his desk; it was all just flat. He reached
down, opened up the drawer, and he pulled out TV Guide. He said 'I want
you on the cover of this magazine. This is gonna be the biggest thing in your
career.' He said, 'Please just listen to me, okay?' And thank God I listened to
him, because he was right."